On May 31, 2012 Bulls Bay Saltworks became the first operational salt company in South Carolina since the Civil War, when the USS James Chambers destroyed the final saltern at Palmetto Point Bulls Bay on February 25, 1865.
If you spend any time in the Charleston area, you will have already noticed the distinctive regional taste that we’re all about, it’s in the air. For us, it might have started with eating Bulls Bay oysters, could have been from a walk around Lighthouse Island helping the Turtle Crew, or maybe from just hanging around at The Battery. Somehow, the salt, our salt, your salt, Charleston salt, made an impression that insisted on finding a way into the kitchen.
One of the first experimental batches of salt was produced during a 12-hour long hog roast at our home. Lots of heat and extra room in the smoker also led to the first batch of our Smoked Sea Salt.
As friends stood around at the potluck, much of the talk was about the salt! A favorite moment was looking over to see one woman, with her elbows on the (then cooled) smoker, eating pork off the bone with a bit of salt sprinkled on.
Bulls Bay Saltworks has grown over the years and we have added additional property and new greenhouses! Our team is still very small and every stage of salt production and packaging is done by hand, on site. We thrive on collaborations with other local businesses to create unique products like our Red Mash Sea Salt and Bourbon Barrel Smoked Flake.
We took our original Bulls Bay Sea Salt and smoked it with oak cut from our homestead. The complex taste of these beautifully dark crystals are a delightful addition to chili, rice, grilled meat and fishes. It’s also a fantastic addition when lightly sprinkled on cold salads and cheeses.
We wood smoked our flake salt with aged oak bourbon barrels from our friends at Bittermilk. The mild smoky aroma is balanced with a sweet bourbon finish that adds a delicate wood-fired flavor to any dish. These beautifully dark crystal flakes are perfect on kale chips, your finest steak, and even sprinkled on ice in your cocktails.
Our gourmet finishing salt is carefully crafted for its texture and distinguishing local taste. Complete your meal by sprinkling on this salt to enhance the natural flavors of the dish. This vibrant salt will bring the taste of the south to your kitchen.
Our flake salt is grown in a non-reactive container leaving no metallic aftertaste, placing it leagues above most flake salts on the market. Complete your meal by sprinkling on this flake salt, which brings the taste of the south to your kitchen.
Try it with a Bloody Mary or mix with sugar & sprinkle over the ice in your Mojito. We’re proud to have Carolina Margarita be the artisan salt of choice for many well-renowned Charleston bartenders.